Important Dates & Deadlines

Graduation Application

  • Graduation applications must be filed with the Graduation Department in the Office of the Registrar by March 16, 2018, for names to appear in the commencement program.
  • The form can be printed from
    forms/graduation.pdf for submission.
  • Attending commencement does not guarantee graduation. All academic requirements must be complete and all paperwork on file in the Office of the Registrar by May 25, 2018, before diplomas are awarded (undergraduates only).

Cap & Gown Orders

The University Bookstore is the sole source provider of officially licensed Western Illinois University graduation regalia. To ensure you receive the correct Western Illinois University commencement wear, please order your caps and gowns from the University Bookstore only.

  • Caps, gowns and tassels are available from the University Union beginning March 21, 2018
  • The cost is $30.00, plus tax, for undergraduates. Orders may be shipped via UPS through May 2, 2018
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Commencement Program

  • Students must have their graduation application on file in the Office of the Registrar by March 16, 2018, in order for their names to appear in the program.
  • Students who have invoked the Privacy Act will not have their names printed in the program or released to their local media by University Relations, unless they sign a release form at the Office of the Registrar.

Grad Prep Day

Thursday, April 26, 2018 11:00 a.m. p 3:00 p.m. - QC Complex Atrium in Building C, Quad Cities Campus

Friday, April 27, 2018 10:00 am - 2:00 p.m. - University Union Concourse, Macomb Campus

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